IAM calls for mandatory rural road testing
The IAM has renewed its call on the Government to make driving on rural A-roads a mandatory part of the driving test.
According to the IAM research, 82% of rural fatal and serious casualties occur on single carriageway roads compared with 18% on motorways and dual carriageways.
The IAM says that while good instructors understand that experience on a wide variety of roads in different conditions gives young people the best chance of survival, too many merely educate up to the existing test standard.
A recent report from the IAM titled, ‘The fast and the curious’, found that new drivers felt unprepared for real life scenarios and would welcome extra help.
The IAM has written to Mike Penning, road safety minister, outlining its views on how the Government should tackle deaths and accidents of young drivers. This starts with improving the driving test to include training on the UK’s most dangerous roads: single-carriageway rural A-roads, says the IAM.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “More than half the cars on our roads are rated as four or the maximum five stars in European safety tests, and the figure is even higher for new cars. Our roads are also getting safer in their design.
“But the roads where drivers, especially young drivers, are most frequently killed and injured are still not consistently part of the driving test. The minister recently announced young drivers would be allowed to use motorways when accompanied by an instructor, but it is single carriageway A-roads where the real problem lies.
“Driver and rider error is a contributory factor in two thirds of accidents. We can only improve our cars and roads so far. The challenge now is to improve the humans that drive them, to continue our outstanding record of road safety.”
For more information contact the IAM press office on 020 8996 9777.